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Earth & Environment
The "third rock from the Sun"—Earth. With an orbit neither too close nor too far from the Sun, it occupies a unique position in the Solar System. It's the only planet known to man with the right conditions for the origin and evolution of life. During Earth's 4.5 billion-year history, a combination of processes has transformed it into a watery blue, living planet. The Earth's ecosystems involve complex interactions between the biological (living) and physical (non-living) worlds. Scientific research helps us comprehend our effects on the environment and how the environment in turn responds to impacts of our activities.
What do and don't we know about megathrust earthquakes? William D. Barnhart, assistant professor at The University of Iowa , answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist."
National Science Foundation-funded researchers at the University of Washington uncover an almost 6,000-year record of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet's motion
The whole tooth and nothing but the tooth, slipping into something solar, wet and dry disease and mucus modifications to save lives
This sustainable agriculture research relies on a unique contribution from humans -- urine.
This week's episode examines an engineering breakthrough in Type 1 diabetes that could help dogs and humans alike; targeted reading programs that rewire the brains reading circuitry; and finally, explores hidden ice history discovered beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet
A new study contradicts assumptions that developed areas have fewer mammals and less variety in mammal species
Spooky Antarctic vibes, moving magma matters, tracking the tropics and aging ancient animals. It's "4 Awesome Discoveries You Probably Didn't Hear About This Week"
University of Minnesota astrophysicist Robert Schwarz spends more winters than anyone at NSF's South Pole Station
Drs. Karen Holl and Rakan Zahawi, along with Mr. Juan Abel Rosales, talk about their 14-yr study comparing planting "islands" or patches of trees with natural forest regeneration and the more standard plantation-style planting approach
In the last few years, the Vavilov Ice Cap in the Russian High Arctic has dramatically accelerated, sliding as much as 82 feet a day in 2015, according to a new multi-national, multi-institute study
What makes the shelf break front such a productive and diverse part of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean?
An especially powerful tool, an electron microprobe, helps scientists at the University of Iowa analyze rocks and minerals from volcanoes in Auckland, New Zealand, in the hope of mitigating future hazards
Lee Blaney's lab at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, smells somewhat like a barnyard, and with good reason. With support from the National Science Foundation, the environmental engineer and his team are extracting nutrients from poultry litter to create a new revenue stream for farmers and help the environment at the same time
Researchers Rajan Sekhon and Christopher McMahan of Clemson University have collaborated on an interdisciplinary study that addresses a threat to two of the world's most important cereal crops
Forest ecologist Maria Uriarte has been documenting the lives of thousands of individual trees in dozens of plots spread across the island, putting her in a unique position to study hurricanes' damage and the long-term implications.
DesignSafe is a web-based research platform that provides the computational tools needed to manage, analyze and understand critical data for natural hazards research
At Clemson University, engineers who specialize in structural reliability are testing new building materials to see how well they stand up to severe storms by shooting them with two-by-fours from an air cannon at 60, 80 and 100 mph
Arctic wolf spiders' tastes in prey might be changing under warming conditions, according to researchers at Washington University in St. Louis
Survival of the laziest, weather whiplash and more